Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Countywide Dialogue on Transportation meeting tonight

Tonight is the first of four meetings to discuss proposed future transportation projects in Fairfax County. The meeting is at 7pm at Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road, Alexandria. If you live in the southeast part of the county, primarily the Lee and Mt. Vernon Districts, this is your opportunity to let county officials know that you want better bike facilities. See our earlier blog post about these meetings.

There are 200 unfunded projects that the county is considering for funding from approximately $1.2 Billion over six years. This is a rare time in which there is real money for building a bicycle infrastructure.

Below is a list of unfunded bike projects in the Lee and Mt. Vernon Districts. Are these the highest priority projects in those two districts? How do they match with the Bicycle Master Plan project list or the FABB top 14 project list? What projects are not on this list? Are there other lower cost projects that could help provide a safe, connected bicycle network in those districts? If not on this list and not on the funded projects list, ask that a project be added. Examples of a low cost projects include: installing way finding signage on the existing bicycle network; providing bicycle parking throughout the districts. What about bike lanes Huntington Ave and Fort Hunt Road; a better crossing of GW Parkway at Belle View Blvd?

Bicycle projects in Lee and Mt Vernon Districts:

Project IDProject TypeProject TitleProject DescriptionMagesterial DistProject EstimateB/C RatioBMP
97Pedestrian/BicycleBrowne Academy Paved TrailConstruct trail at Browne Academy from Edgehill Ct to Dewey DrLee$400,0001.1No
109BicycleCinderbed Rd bikewayThree miles of bikeway, extending from Fairfax Co Pkwy near Telegraph Rd to the south side of franconia-Springfield Metorail station. The souther segment could include on-road facility on Cinderbed Rd.Lee$4,000,0000.7Yes
123BicycleFranconia-Springfield Metrorail station/VRE enhanced bicycle parking (Barry Road Area)Install overed bicycle parking tro accommodate at least thirty bicycles. Improvements to the access driveway pavement and lighting and security may also be provided.Lee$130,000N/ANo
138Pedestrian/BicycleINOVA Center Medical Education CampusEnhance bicycle and pedestrian access from the medical education campus located off Metropolitan Center Dr in Springfield to the Franconia-Springfield Metrorail station and nearby activity centers.Lee$210,000N/ANo
182Pedestrian/BicycleVan Dorn St pedestrian and bicycle access improvementsImprove existing trail extending from Oakwood Rd (ramp underpass) to the Alexandria City Line.Lee$500,000N/AYes
154Pedestrian/BicycleMt Vernon Memorial Hwy (PHNST)Complete mission segments of PHNST from southeast of Route 1 near Washington's Mill Historic State Park to Grist Mill Park (southeast of Old Mill Rd). New ped/bike bridge over Dogue Creek.Mt Vernon$6,500,0000.6Yes


Looking at the list of projects, the most bang for buck for bikes (i.e., those covering the longest stretches of road) seem to me to be:

156 Old Dominion Drive Shoulders/Bike Lanes
158 Old Keene Mill Bike Shoulders
185 Wesmoreland St On-Road Bike Lanes
200 Great Falls St Bicycles "Facility" (lanes, sharrows, etc)

Plus I voted for #86, the I-495 walkway overpass along US-50 because there is otherwise no way to get there except by car.

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